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Nocturnal Signal By Jeads Gives Listeners Memories

26 May

Upon listening to Nocturnal Signal by Jeads, one can find the musician almost instantly. With the sounds of the Spanish-style guitar and the reverb that complement it simultaneously, a new-wave sound is created. These instruments make an out of world environment for a listener listening to Jeads for the first time. The fascinating fact about Nocturnal Signal is its part 3 out of 3. The first two albums are a solo acoustic guitar album filled with jazz and classical music. The second album has more of sound and field recordings filling up the majority of the album. Nocturnal Signal mixes those two sides of inspiration into one sonic mosaic.The songs are themed around the night per Jeads and mixed with electronic samples and inspirational sounds sourced from his Bellingham, Washington home. Standout tracks from the album include Undone and Lost In The Shoreline. When thinking about his music, the idea of how it is created, and the influence of the outdoors in his work are all important things that come from listening to his music.

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This Beautiful Life Vol. 1 By Calvert Showcases Perfect Balance Between New Age Modern Music & Classical Music Undertones

11 May

When you start This Beautiful Life Vol. 1 in your headphones, you will immediately want to start humming along and dancing to the music that CALVERT creates. You will find familiarity in hearing a cover of Betty Who’s track Wanna Be in this album. From the synths that vibe throughout the whole EP and are reminiscent of Flo- Rida, Diplo, and many more in the EDM/DJ space, its quite clear that CALVERT is talented. The themes of the album include pushing through barriers and using strength as a superpower. He reflects as well on love, life, and loss. Listeners should not be surprised that his music has been showcased in Rent and Altar Boys. CALVERT’s voice sounds not only strong and well rounded, but it carries an empathetic quality that is infectious when you listen to his music. The album takes some twists and turns bringing in the sounds of the violin, unplanned piano melodies, and vocal runs that alot of talent lacks in the music space. CALVERT not only soars with this premiere album, but watch out for him in 2019, as I have a feeling he will not be unknown for much longer.

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Art Decade Transforms Symphonic Rock

27 Jan

Art Decade

Whenever I first hear a band that does not conform to the bromidic classifications of a normal rock genre, I immediately explore some category to place the band in, although such a fastidious task is often misguided. Not all bands fit any category though. Such is the case for Boston-based Art Decade, the spawn of the Berklee School of Music mixed with pop overtones.

Art Decade is different, and I like change. Different, though, is only one part of new, exciting music. The tunes need to be good. Fortunately, Art Decade has this covered. On my first listen through their debut album, Western Sunrise, I was immediately shocked by the maturity and complexity of the compositions, but this confusion was satisfied when I observed the talent producing the music (more on this later).

Art Decade is to the 21st century what Electric Light Orchestra/Queen was to the Classic Rock genre. ELO and Queen were some of the pioneers of Symphonic Rock bands of the 1970s. This sub-genre evolved from the Progressive Rock movement (encompassing such bands at the Moody Blues and Emerson Lake & Palmer). Symphonic rock, though, took the sound of Prog/Rock and focused attention to modeling classical compositions and instrumentation and musical complexity. ELO, led by the venerable Jeff Lynne, took this concept and added pop melodies. Thus, the music was intelligent and accessible. Queen also emerged from Prog/Rock and added its own flavor on Symphonic Rock.

Flash forward to the late 20th century and early 21st century, and power/pop bands like Fun, Muse, Guided By Voices, Fountains of Wayne, and Keane bathe listeners with a wall of pop rhythms. Fun, specifically, focuses on creating a world of theatrical pop, an ode to the upbeat sounds of ELO and Queen.

Art Decade has combined Symphonic Rock and Power Pop into an amalgamated super genre of Classical Rock/Pop, which, although some may label it as Indie, is far more compound. The music is multifaceted and intelligent. It is effervescent and enjoyable. It has elements of hard rock, classical music, pop, and a whole lot more pushed into tracks, like a clown car of material – 15 clowns get out and you are wondering how the band fit so many elements into their music. And its clean. It is so tight and well manufactured. It is skillful.

It also makes sense considering that Art Decade’s guitarist/vocalist/arranger Ben Talmi grew up on a diet of classical music and attended Berklee School of Music.

“A strong musical education can do many things to a musician, oftentimes people become jaded with their acquired musical knowledge, becoming frustrated with the state of popular music and its general lack of musical depth,” said Talmi in a press release for Art Decade’s debut release. “Others are unable to escape the education and end up producing very indulgent and selfish music. I truly hope to take what I have learned and apply it in a very mature way.”

“Western Sunrise” is a multifarious piece that implements several classical elements into waves of remarkable instrumentation and mellifluous sounds culminating in a repeated diapason; all wrapped up neatly by a powerful vocal and music video that plays with the ocean motif and a colorful, pointillism-like construction. Oh, and it’s accessible for all ears. The song features so many elements that at some points I think I am listening to Trans-Siberian Orchestra and at other points I think I am listening to Keane. The music oscillates with such precision. I must credit the entire band for this magical composition.

Here is the Pt. 2 of “Western Sunrise,” another sprawling symphonic piece that flows with creative strings, vocals, piano, and other instrumentation. In some ways I am reminded a bit of Paul McCartney’s work with Wings. 

I am excited to hear more from Art Decade, a band that I’m sure you all will be hearing more about in the future.

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